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Trial starts for Kentucky man accused in 4-year-old's death

May. 16, 2019 2:58 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man accused of killing his 4-year-old foster son is now on trial for the boy's death. The Courier Journal reports the trial of 34-year-old Billy Embry-Martin started Wednesday. Hunter Payton died two years ago from head injuries. He was removed from his parents' home by...

Tennessee spikes bill allowing LGBT adoption refusals

Apr. 30, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday spiked a proposal that would have allowed faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs. The bill had been scheduled to be debated by the GOP-dominant Senate. However,...

Catholic group sues over Michigan policy on adoption

Apr. 26, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption. Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

Apr. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...

Book Review: Gorgeous novel explores adopting a foster child

Apr. 15, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

"The Risk of Us," (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Rachel Howard With breathtaking brevity, Rachel Howard's debut novel, "The Risk of Us," illuminates the joys, challenges, fears and frustrations of adopting a foster child. And while she delves into the minutiae of "the system" and the differences of opinion about...

Tennessee bill would allow adoption groups to turn away gays

Apr. 1, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are working to become the latest state to ensure faith-based adoption agencies can refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs with facing any penalties. The GOP-dominant House on Monday overwhelmingly voted...

'Evil attracts evil': Judge gives mom life in teen murder

Mar. 29, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman who plotted the rape, torture and murder of her own teenage daughter pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to life in prison for a crime so barbaric that prosecutors and the judge strained for superlatives to describe it. One day after her co-conspirator boyfriend was...

Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in state adoptions

Mar. 22, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a legal settlement announced Friday. The agreement was reached between Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel's...